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Friday October 7th

Arts & Culture


Art Serves as Medium for Religious Motifs

Throughout history, artists have taken the cue to pour their souls into the work -- nowhere is that more true than in the world of religiously inspired art. Across the globe, different media and styles have been used to reflect spiritual beliefs. Much of the art of African tribes south of the Sahara has been sculpture. These pieces weren't just created as art for art's sake. While their aesthetic value certainly was taken into consideration, they also had practical uses, and they often had important functions in religious rituals.

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Dive Recommends

"Jason's Lyric"Jada Pinkett Smith and Alan Payne star in this ghetto fairy tale. Jam-packed with memorable one-liners like "Don't touch my hair" and fluffed up by a killer soundtrack, this movie will have you reciting scenes when you would least expect it. The Tom Joyner Morning ShowLaugh it up every morning with Tom and the gang on FOXY 107/104.

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Triangle Photography Group Shows Off Artwork

Photography is something most anybody can do -- grab a camera, point, shoot, and you're done. But for the devoted black-and-white photographer, things aren't that easy, and the finished product is usually a work of art. At the Horace Williams House at 610 E. Rosemary St., you can catch a glimpse of that art form. The Horace Williams House is featuring the work of members of the Triangle Black and White Photo Group through April 24.

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WXYC Fund-Raiser to Revisit '80s

The Me Decade will soon have its ego stroked once again. Thursday night, an expected throng will descend upon the Cat's Cradle for the '80s Dance, a biannual fund-raiser for WXYC, UNC's student-run radio station. The crowd will pay tribute to the 10 years that gave us the Material Girl and hair metal. The music of the '80s is sometimes mocked for overusing synthesizers and bringing along such wacky acts as Flock of Seagulls.

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Loreleis Pull Out Stops for Concert

Going far beyond gracing the audience vocally, the Loreleis' extensive work on special effects will serve to keep attendees entertained at their spring concert Saturday. "We think this is going to be the most entertaining concert yet," said junior Loreleis member Jessica Factor, a journalism major. The show, "A Night at the Grammys," will be complete with special lighting effects, skits and a red carpet to enhance its Grammy theme. But beyond all the frills and stage tricks, the Loreleis want to make sure everyone has as much fun as they do. Factor said that because the concert

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N.C. Literary Festival Coming to UNC

Whether it's poetry, fiction, science fiction or even storytelling, there's bound to be something for everyone right here on UNC's campus April 5-6. The second North Carolina Literary Festival, sponsored by UNC and Duke and N.C. State universities, will bring together more than 100 writers and performers. On Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m.

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April Means Art For Town-Gown Tours, Festivals

As spring leaps into effect, the town of Chapel Hill is also jumping into action as it prepares to kick off April Arts Downtown. A monthlong celebration of local art, April Arts Downtown is sponsored by the Chapel Hill Downtown Commission, Arts Carolina and local vendors. This year will mark the event's third anniversary. "Spring is just such a big time, and there's so much going on in the arts," said Amy Brannock, director of Arts Carolina.

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Fugazi Balances Love With Stormy Delivery

Fugazi Ritz Theater Saturday, March 23 4 Stars Fugazi, the band that has excelled in both hard-core and post-punk music, is a study in contrast. The band's members are both warriors and peacemakers. The show at the Ritz Theater in Raleigh started out calmly. Punk legend Ian MacKaye warmly greeted the crowd and mentioned that it was the band's third show at the venue.

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Hard Rock Leanings Mar Local Favorite's Red Eye Debut

Weekend ExcursionTake Me HomeThree Stars Crafting its sound and reputation as a great live act, Weekend Excursion's spirit and style are muddled by its debut album on the Red Eye label, located in Graham. Even with same catchy lyrics and Sam Fisher's embracing style of delivery perfected touring, the album falls flat. Many of the songs on Take Me Home are overpowered musically and don't allow the lyrics to breathe. The lyrics become stifled and hidden beneath the hard guitar.

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'Blade 2' Spouts More Gore, Better Effects Than Original

Movie ReviewBlade IITwo Stars The only thing worse than a vampire is a vampire who preys on other vampires. At least, that is what Wesley Snipes is convinced of in his most recent film, "Blade II." Snipes plays Blade, a half-vampire and half-human who has the power and strength of a vampire without the weaknesses. Blade's mission is to systematically kill off all of the vampire nations in the world, city by city.

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Public Art in UNC System Plagued by Lack of Funds

The symbiotic relationship between money and public art might relegate new works to endangered species status in the UNC system. "We don't have very much public art," said Charlotte Brown, director of the N.C. State University Gallery of Art and Design. "This is primarily for two reasons. First of all, the Artwork for State Buildings was closed by the legislature. Second, we have a very small amount because, well, it costs money."

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Bob Mould Drones Techno-esque Solo Album

Bob MouldModulateTwo Stars Before I begin, I should disclose that I know next to nothing about the electronica/techno music that Bob Mould uses religiously on his new album, Modulate. That being said, perhaps it's not a surprise that I found the best parts of this album to be those where the computer-generated elements are kept to a minimum. Otherwise, it becomes difficult to describe what type of music Mould was aiming to achieve.

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Art for the Masses

You've seen it painted on Franklin Street's alley walls. It's in the form of an abstract sculpture that you pass every day when you walk by the Hanes Art Center. You might even remember the large wall of CDs that once covered up an unsightly construction site in the Student Union. Providing everyday opportunities for artistic viewing, these creatively functional diversions are just a few examples of public art. But what exactly constitutes public art varies.

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Squinty-Eyed Comedian Displays Quirky Humor

Gilbert Gottfried Charlie Goodnight's Comedy Club Friday, March 22 3 Stars Pretty much everyone knows Gilbert Gottfried. He's that guy -- that guy you really enjoy talking to but nonetheless still freaks you out. Both emotions were achieved Friday night at Raleigh's Charlie Goodnight's comedy club. Gottfried charged the stage sporting blazing white sneakers and his characteristic squint as the audience members quietly wondered what they were in for.

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E.T. Survives Time, Technical Tinkering

"E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" 5 Stars Chances are that if you are between the ages of 18 and 24, the movie "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" inspires a unique emotion: flat-out terror. That is the feeling that came flooding back as I sat in the dimmed theater preparing to watch the 20th anniversary re-release of "E.T." That alien was a frightening little bugger when you were not of an age to understand the film's gentle plot. Perhaps this occurrence is the beauty of the recent re-release craze in the movie industry: the assuaging of childhood fears.

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Awareness, Presence of Public Art Rising on Nation's Campuses

New approaches to old ideas are more often than not met by combative forces. In the struggle to make art more of a public domain, the greatest challenge may not be bringing the art to the public but bringing the public to the art. Hoping to incorporate the development of public art into the Master Plan, UNC's Public Art Planning Committee has been drafting a proposal to be completed in mid-April. But the pitfalls of raising statues around campus may pale in comparison to the challenges of raising awareness of public art around campus.

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